May 10, 2021

IP Attorney Joel Samuels to Serve as Chair of BAMSL’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section

Harness IP is pleased to announce that St. Louis IP attorney Joel Samuels has been elected Chair of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ (BAMSL) Patent, Trademark, and Copyright (PTC) Section. Samuels began his new role on May 1, 2021. He previously served as Chair-Elect.

“I am honored to serve as Chair of BAMSL’s PTC Section, which is one of BAMSL’s most active Sections,” said Samuels. “I look forward to continuing our tradition of providing excellent CLEs, including the PTAB, Federal Circuit, TTAB, and Trademark Year in Review programs. Thanks to Thad Blenke for his excellent leadership as Chair this past year.”

Samuels is a Principal in the firm’s metro St. Louis office. He advises clients on contested matters in district courts and in USPTO proceedings, including Post Grant Review proceedings and TTAB oppositions and cancellations. Additionally, he negotiates and documents a wide variety of agreements, including settlements, licenses, and inventor development arrangements. Clients also receive IP training and management advice that Samuels tailors to their specific needs.

In addition to his practice as an IP attorney, Samuels is an adjunct professor at Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law and Pro Bono Counsel & Advisor to the Intellectual Property Clinic at Penn State Law School. He earned a J.D. from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, and graduated magna cum laude from Saint Louis University with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science.

BAMSL’s PTC Section offers programs and opportunities for IP practitioners to stay up-to-date on new legal developments. The Section Steering Committee meets the second Tuesday of each odd-numbered month and encourages all area practitioners to join. For more information about the Section and BAMSL’s upcoming events, visit

About Harness IP

Harness IP is celebrating 100 years as an intellectual property law firm. Founded in 1921, the firm currently holds a #2 ranking from IAM Media for providing counsel to 44 companies with the largest portfolios of issued U.S. patents. The firm also ranks #6 for filing the most patent applications on behalf of those companies. Harness IP’s attorneys and IP professionals focus exclusively on patents, trademarks, global IP management, litigation, and other IP rights. The firm has offices in Metro Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. Visit for more information.